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Biola University

La Mirada, CA

Biola University, founded in 1908, is a private church-affiliated university. Its 95-acre campus is located in La Mirada, California.

School Profiles: Undergrad Christian Life Transfer

Biola University

La Mirada, CA

Biola University is home to purposeful learners and compassionate leaders who want to see their communities and industries shaped by the grace and truth of Christ. Together, we pursue spiritual depth, professional excellence, and personal transformation—stepping boldly toward who we were created to become.

AT A GLANCE

Location: La Mirada, California

Undergraduate Enrollment: ~4,000 students

Biblical Integration: 100% of traditional undergraduates earning a Bible minor

Academic Offerings: 40+ majors and 150+ programs

Spiritual Development: Eight different chapel opportunities every week

Faith that engages the world
True faith involves asking the hard questions, and we’ll be the first to admit that we don’t have all the answers. However, we are convinced that biblical truth should and does inform every aspect of the way we learn from, interact with, and respond to the world around us. That’s why we offer numerous Bible courses and weave biblical integration into every discipline. And because our community is composed entirely of professing Christians, Christ is at our center individually and institutionally.

Top-tier education
Our faith is far from anti-intellect. On the contrary, we take the commandment to love God with all our minds seriously. Curiosity and critical thinking shape learning in each of our 40+ majors and 150+ academic programs, unique study abroad opportunities, and the respected Torrey Honors Institute. Mentorship matters, so we keep our classes small with a student-faculty ratio of 14:1. The quality of our education has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Forbes, and more.

Community of belonging
If you ask alumni or current students about what sets Biola apart, a theme will quickly emerge: They’ll want to tell you about our community. They’ll describe an eagerness that welcomes new relationships and adventures, true belonging matched by a call to become more like Christ, freedom to grow, and an energy that’s contagious. On our campus, you’ll encounter love in its least cliché form—a love that is active, authentic, and redemptive.

It’s also a love that demands humility and a willingness to learn from one another. The strength of our community can be measured by the ways in which we engage, wrestle with, and celebrate our differences. From multiethnic programs and conferences to events and affinity groups, we are committed to welcoming the perspectives of students from all backgrounds as we move toward a unity in diversity reflective of the Kingdom. 

Leaning into the process
We’ll be honest—while the nearly endless chances to learn outside the classroom are exciting, while the personal relationships you’ll form with students and faculty alike are life changing, while the professional preparation you’ll receive here is truly exceptional, we believe the value of a Biola education lies in the opportunity to become a better you. If you are willing to trust God’s hand in the process of ever-progressing and never quite arriving, you will leave this place changed in the best possible way.

Opportunities abound
Time for some real-world experience. We know that some of your best learning happens outside the classroom. Our location—just miles down the road from Los Angeles, a global city of industry—affords endless opportunities for you to network and gain practical skills in your field through relevant internships and employment. 

Sport your spirit. We’ve got big news—Biola is now NCAA Division II. That means we’re renewing rivalries with old competitors and taking our Eagle pride to the next level. Join an intramural team to show off your athletic ability, or support one of our 14 Biola teams as they take to the field, pool, track, or court.

Adventure is out there. Imagine living in the heart of Southern California: World-famous beaches and snow-dusted mountains with breathtaking views. The vibrant hum, bustling rhythm, and unique culture of local cities, with coffee shops on every other corner that come in cozy, trendy, or quirky—take your pick. To top it off, the Happiest Place on Earth is just a 20-minute drive away. 

Traditions with a twist. Start the year off with Nationball, a high-energy dodgeball competition between dorms. Celebrate the season with Punk n’ Pie, a festive school-wide talent show, or our annual Christmas Tree Lighting, complete with caroling, community, and “snow.” Finish off the year with Mock-Rock, an all-out costumed and choreographed lip-sync showdown.

There’s a club for that. Got a passion for ballet, accounting, rugby, politics, the spoken word, scuba diving, social justice, or something else entirely? We’ve got you covered. With over 77 clubs, ministries, and affinity groups on campus, you’ll be able to connect with some of the world’s best students while doing what you love. What more could you ask for?